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Wounded Warrior Arrives in Lynbrook

Story by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan; Photos by Ex-Captain Grogan and 2nd Lieut. Brian Grogan


On Saturday, September 29, 2012, wounded US Marine Corporal Marcus Dandrea, his wife Victoria, also a Marine, and the youngest of their three children, arrived in Lynbrook from Walter Reed National Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, for a weekend in Lynbrook thanks to the efforts of Lynbrook firefighters who support Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior.  The Marine and his family got to Lynbrook with the help of the people from the Disabled Veterans Association which is headquartered in Lynbrook and who sent drivers and a bus to Bethesda to pick them up.


Corporal Dandrea was injured in February 2011 when he stepped on an IED while patrolling a hilltop in Afghanistan.  He lost both legs but his life was saved through the efforts of a Navy Corpsman who now lives in Floral Park.  The corporal has been in Bethesda rehabilitating and learning to use his new legs.  Due to a another operation some three weeks ago he is using a wheelchair while his legs heal again.


On Saturday, a procession of Lynbrook Police and fire department vehicles led the DAV bus under a flag arch made by Lynbrook's two ladders at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Horton Avenue.  Other Lynbrook fire companies and firefighters stood along the roadway and clapped as the bus drove by.  The engines got in line behind the bus and followed them to the Holiday Inn Express at Ocean Avenue.   The Marine and his family were staying at the Holiday Inn for the weekend compliments of the owners of the hotel. 


That night the chiefs of the department and a few committee members took the family to dinner at McQuade's Restaurant on Merrick Road.  Owner Jimmy McQuade got a chance to meet and greet the Marine and his family picked up the bill.  After dinner everyone went back to Truck Company for coffee and cake.  There Marcus was given a number of fire shirts and Operation Wounded Warrior clothing.  Victoria also received clothing and flowers donated by Freyhammer Florist.  And, fourteen month old Micah, was given toys provided by Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce members Stu Miller of Miller's Hardware and Bill Gaylor of Halmark Card store.   


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